2000: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
INSTRUCTOR: Cara Gluskoter (AKA Prof. G)
OFFICE: Social Sciences, Room 2256-21
(305) 237-1821 Email:
not a tidy subject. As the “science of society and social
relations,” its boundaries are wide and difficult to draw. It
overlaps with all other social science disciplines and its
subject matter is often controversial.
sociological perspective: People’s thoughts and actions are
strongly influenced by the groups to which they belong, and by
the values, beliefs, practices, and institutions that make up
their culture. From birth until death, people are influenced by
groups – which are small and immediate – and by larger
structures that are often referred to as “institutions”.
Throughout this course we will explore how each of our actions
are based on, or influenced by, the groups to which we belong.
appreciate the basic principles of sociological thought and the
application of those principles to daily living.
Possess a working knowledge of sociological terminology,
principles, and concepts.
Understand the major theories of sociological thought.
Understand the structure and functions of society and
Appreciate standard methods of sociological inquiry.
Analyze social problems from functional, conflict, and
symbolic interactionist views.
Examine processes of social change and collective behavior.
T: 9am-9:40am,12:40pm-2:00pm, 4:00pm-5:30pm
by Anderson and Taylor, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.
North Campus Edition.
must register and log-in to this WebCT course.
Students are encouraged to
use this form of communication in order to notify me of any
absence or to ask for assistance regarding the class. We will
utilize WebCt for assignments, calendar, (possible) tests and
student is expected to be honest in his/her work. Dishonesty in
assignments, examinations, or other academic work is considered
an extremely serious offense and will subject the student to
disciplinary action at the discretion of the instructor ranging
from failing the test to failing the course. Likewise,
plagiarism is considered an extremely serious offense. A student
is guilty of plagiarism when he/she fails to give adequate
credit for any ideas or material taken from another source for
either written or oral presentation, including purchasing papers
turned in as one's own work. The offering of materials assembled
or collected by others in the form of projects or collections
without acknowledgment also is considered plagiarism. Students
exhibiting such behavior will fail this course. Please read the
Academic Honor Code printed in the Student Handbook!
It is the
student’s responsibility to initiate the withdrawal during the
designated withdrawal period. Otherwise, an “F” grade will be
issued at the end of the term. The last day to withdrawal from
a course with a grade of ‘W’ is March 16th.
meets for three hours. I will make every attempt to make the
class interesting; however, I can't do it alone.
participation in class is vital to the success of the course.
Don't make the mistake of being a passive listener or expect to
simply regurgitate a series of facts. Each
member of the class is expected to contribute positively to the
classroom learning environment through regular attendance and
active class participation, including working productively in
learning groups, contributing thoughtful comments or questions
to class discussions, and other significant contributions. Your
participation grade is subjectively determined by my observation
of your learning and efforts
to contribute in a
meaningful way to the course. Any disruptive behavior such as
side-bar talking, cell phone or pager interruptions, and other
behaviors that distracts from the learning environment can
deduct from your participation grade or lead to removal from the
the opinions expressed in this course are controversial.
I do not expect unanimity among class members nor
do I expect that you will subscribe to all my opinions. I do ask
that each person honor the opinions of one another.
Everyone starts off with 100 points for participation and
will receive an additional 5 points if they attend each class.
Everyone gets one free absence for ‘T’ class and two free
for ‘TR’ classes.
Absence– 5 points deducted for each infraction for ‘TR’
class, 10 pts for ‘T’ class.
Late arrivals and early exits from class – 2 infractions
equals 1 absence.
BLM Discussion – T10/TR20 points for absence, late or
You can request to discuss
your participation grade anytime during the course.
There will be three exams. The exams will be administered as
take home exams, through WebCT, or in class.
Grading and requirements:
papers turned in must use the following format:
Font: Times New
1 inch margins
(all the way around) -- your computer most likely defaults to
this – be careful when you change it manually.
STAPLE a TITLE
PAGE that list the name of the assignment, your
name, date and
the class time. (I will not accept any papers that are not
Do not put any
of the above information on any of the other pages, except in
the header or footer (if you wish).
Since this is a
Gordon Rule paper you will be graded for grammar and spelling so
proofread your work and/or have someone else proofread your
Now that we are through with the formalities – let’s have fun!
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